Feast of the Ascension Family Activity – Cloud Watching

This Thursday is Ascension Thursday. This feast day falls 40 days after Easter. In many dioceses, the feast is celebrated on the following Sunday.

No matter when it is celebrated in your diocese, you can make this holy day meaningful to your family by doing a special family activity together. First, read the scripture reading from the Acts of the Apostles (given below). For younger children, you might just want to read the end where Jesus ascends or you will have lost their attention by time you get to that part of the story

Then go outside, spread a blanket on the grass, and do some cloud gazing. See what shapes you can imagine in the clouds. While you are cloud watching, talk about what it must have been like for the apostles to see Jesus ascending into the clouds.

Acts 1:1-11: The Ascension of the Lord

In the first book, Theophilus,
I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught
until the day he was taken up,
after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit
to the apostles whom he had chosen.
He presented himself alive to them
by many proofs after he had suffered,
appearing to them during forty days
and speaking about the kingdom of God.
While meeting with them,
he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem,
but to wait for “the promise of the Father
about which you have heard me speak;
for John baptized with water,
but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
When they had gathered together they asked him,
“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons
that the Father has established by his own authority.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
throughout Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
When he had said this, as they were looking on,
he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going,
suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
They said, “Men of Galilee,
why are you standing there looking at the sky?
This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven
will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”

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